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April 22, 2014
19:09 EDTYUMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:24 EDTYUMYum! Brands says 'particularly pleased' with initial Taco Bell breakfast launch
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17:23 EDTYUMYum! Brands reports Q1 KFC SSS in China up 11%
Reports Q1 Pizza Hut SSS in China up 8%, with total China division system sales up 17% prior to foreign currency translation. Company said operating profit grew 80% in China, prior to foreign currency translation.
17:20 EDTYUMYum! Brands up 2.5% after Q1 results beat on bottom line, China sales grow
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17:18 EDTYUMYum! Brands reports Taco Bell Q1 U.S. SSS down 1%
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17:17 EDTYUMYum! Brands to open 700 new China restaurants in 2014
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17:17 EDTYUMYum! Brands sees FY14 EPS growth at least 20%
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17:15 EDTYUMYum! Brands says repurchased 2.3M shares through April 21
17:14 EDTYUMYum! Brands reports Q1 worldwide system sales up 4%
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17:14 EDTYUMYum! Brands reports Q1 China division SSS up 9%
17:13 EDTYUMYum! Brands reports Q1 EPS ex-items 87c, consensus 85c
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16:04 EDTFBOptions Update; April 22, 2014
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15:32 EDTYUMNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:09 EDTZNGAZynga April weekly volatility elevated at 153 into Q1 and growth outlook
Zynga April weekly call option implied volatility is at 153, May at 75, June is at 64, September is at 61; compared to its 26-week average 62 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the market close on April 23.
14:22 EDTFBFacebook's WhatsApp says 'half a billion people' now regular users of app
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12:02 EDTYUMMcDonald's says hasn't felt impact from Taco Bell's breakfast
McDonald's says it will optimize capital structure. Says has had no safety issues in Russia, Crimea.
10:06 EDTFBFacebook rises after Credit Suisse ups rating ahead of earnings
Shares of Facebook (FB) are climbing after Credit Suisse upgraded the stock in a note to investors last night. WHAT'S NEW: Credit Suisse analyst Stephen Ju now expects Facebook to obtain more revenue, on average, from each of its users than the firm had previously anticipated. New products that Facebook is developing should enable the company to obtain more revenue over the medium to long term without boosting its ad loads, the analyst contends. Other analysts are underestimating the amount of revenue that Facebook's new products will generate, added Ju. He upgraded Facebook to Outperform from Neutral and raised his price target on the shares to $87 from $65. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yesterday research firm JMP Securities increased its first quarter estimates for Facebook, saying that the company's investments are causing advertisers to buy more ads on the website. The firm expects the social network's ad sales to continue to be strong as it launches new types of ads. It reiterated an $82 price target and Outperform rating on the stock. Facebook is expected to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, April 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Facebook climbed $1.47, or 2.4%, to $62.71.
10:00 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:16 EDTFBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Netflix (NFLX), up 8%... Harley-Davidson (HOG), up 7%... PLX Technology (PLXT), up 8%... Illinois Tool (ITW), up 2.3%... Comcast (CMCSA), up 1%... McDonald's (MCD), up 0.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Allergan (AGN), up 17% after Valeant (VRX) confirms proposal to combine with the company for $48.30 and 0.83 shares of stock. Valeant is up 5% following its confirmation of the news that broke last night... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), up 4.5% after agreeing to sell oncology products for $14.5B to Novartis (NVS) and buy Novartis' Vaccines business, currently excluding its flu business, for $7.1B plus royalties. Novartis shares trading in New York are also up 1% following the deals... Revance Therapeutics (RVNC), up 20% after announcing positive results from RT002 Phase 1/2 study... Facebook (FB), up 2% following upgrade at Credit Suisse. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Xerox (XRX), down 4%... Lexmark (LXK), down 4.8%. ALSO LOWER: Allison Transmission (ALSN), down 4% after filing to sell 25M shares for holders... FireEye (FEYE), down 2.9% after filing to sell 13.3M shares of common stock for holders... Bebe stores (BEBE), down 16% after reporting preliminary Q3 losses that were steeper than the consensus estimate.
07:24 EDTFBSourceMedia to hold a forum
26th Annual Card Forum & Expo is being held in Orlando on April 22-25.
07:20 EDTFBFacebook volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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April 21, 2014
16:32 EDTFBFacebook upgraded to Outperform, price target raised to $87 at Credit Suisse
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16:16 EDTAVGOITC rules Mellanox does not infringe Avago's laser driver patent
Mellanox Technologies (MLNX) announced that, on April 17, the U.S. International Trade commission issued its Final Determination ruling that Mellanox’s Active Optical Cable products and VCSEL drivers do not infringe Avago’s (AVGO) U.S. Patent Number 5,596,456, directed to a laser driver, which was asserted against Mellanox by Avago in an ITC complaint filed in September 2012. The ITC also affirmed the ALJ ruling that certain Mellanox cable products that contain a particular type of vertical cavity surface emitting laser do infringe another of Avago’s patents, US Patent No. 5,596,595, directed to a VCSEL and issued a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders with respect to those products. The VCSELs in the products at issue are supplied to Mellanox by third parties. These orders, however, will not interrupt Mellanox’s ability to supply cables or otherwise impact Mellanox’s current or planned product offerings. Those orders are also not expected to have a material adverse effect on the company’s business, financial position, results of operations or cash flow.
16:07 EDTFBFacebook upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
14:04 EDTYUMYum! Brands Apr 65 weekly straddle priced for 4.4% movement into Q1
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13:44 EDTFBFacebook rises after report says mobile ad network coming soon
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11:30 EDTFIVEFive Below management to meet with Sterne Agee
Meeting to be held in Philadelphia on April 24 hosted by Sterne Agee.
11:10 EDTFBFacebook to introduce plans for mobile ad network, Re/code says
Facebook is planning to disclose plans for a for a mobile ad network and will demonstrate the ads to publishers and developers as a way to leverage the company's database of user information for more effective ad targeting, says Re/code. According to sources, Facebook will introduce its plans for its mobile ad network at its “F8″ developer conference at the end of the month, added Re/code. Reference Link
10:01 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:59 EDTFBFacebook gives some 'Paper' data, but not users, WSJ says
Facebook disclosed at the end of last week that users of its mobile newsreader app “Paper” view an average of 80 stories a day, but the social network gave no data on how many people have downloaded the app, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
08:14 EDTFBFacebook Q1 estimates raised ahead of earnings at JMP Securities
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06:44 EDTYUMCompetitors gaining ground on McDonald's breakfast market, WSJ says
McDonald's (MCD) faces increased competition from Yum Brands' (YUM) new Taco Bell breakfast menu as well as Burger King (BKW), Dunkin' Brands (DD), Starbucks (SBUX), and White Castle's renewed efforts to gain ground in the breakfast market, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:26 EDTFBCourt documents say Silicon Valley giants discussed hiring, WSJ says
Google (GOOG), Apple (AAPL), Intel (INTC) and Adobe (ADBE had colluded with one another to supress wages between 2005 and 2009, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing documents from an antitrust case. The companies had agreed not to poach each other's employees among other things. The companies had also tried to bring Facebook (FB) on board, but Facebook rejected the offer. Reference Link
05:38 EDTYUMYum! Brands downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan downgraded Yum! Brands to Neutral citing valuation as it believes shares are already pricing in a China recovery through FY15. The firm raised its price target for shares to $80 from $77.
April 17, 2014
14:28 EDTFBFacebook announces new feature called 'Nearby Friends'
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10:17 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB NFLX
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08:39 EDTFBFacebook volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Facebook April weekly call option implied volatility is at 100, May is at 68, June is at 55; compared to its 26-week average of 44 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
06:37 EDTULTAUlta Salon volatility at low end of range
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03:35 EDTZNGAStocks with implied volatility movement; WLT ZNGA
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April 16, 2014
15:53 EDTULTAUlta Salon EPS may have been 'propped up' by accounting oddity, Greenberg says
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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April 15, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 15, 2014
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13:19 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases on sharp sell off into Q1
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13:03 EDTFBFacebook drops sharply on heavy volume, levels to watch
The stock is down 5% to $55.94, heading for a test of support at the $55 area. This was previously a zone of both support and resistance earlier in the year before shares took off to the life high at $72.59. A break below $55 would be bearish, with next major support at $53.55. Resistance is at $56.95.
08:08 EDTFBJDSU appoints Facebook Chief Information Officer Tim Campos to board
JDSU (JDSU) announced that Tim Campos has been appointed to its board, effective April 15. Campos is currently the Chief Information Officer and a member of the senior management team at Facebook (FB).
April 14, 2014
16:00 EDTZNGAOptions Update; April 14, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 32c to 44.41. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD TSLA LNG NQ BAC ZNGA according to Track Data.
14:06 EDTFBGoogle to acquire Titan Aerospace, WSJ says
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12:26 EDTFBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:58 EDTFBFacebook entering China a matter of when, not if, says Topeka
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:59 EDTFBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:53 EDTGRPNGroupon May volatility elevated at 74 into Q1 and outlook
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07:23 EDTYUMJapan sees first bird flu outbreak since 2011, Mainichi reports
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06:35 EDTFBFacebook looks to provide financial services for users, Financial Times reports
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April 11, 2014
13:01 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower again at midday, with the Dow being weighed on by a disappointing earnings report from banking giant JPMorgan (JPM). The reports from JPMorgan and peer Wells Fargo (WFC) certainly seemed to have more of an impact on market sentiment than the better than expected University of Michigan consumer confidence reading. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index jumped 0.5% in March, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading jumped to 82.6 in the preliminary April look, which was better than forecast and its highest reading since July. COMPANY NEWS: JPMorgan and Wells Fargo kicked off earnings season for the major banks, with their stocks moving in opposite directions to mirror their earnings results. Dow member JPMorgan slipped more than 3% after its earnings per share and revenue significantly trailed consensus estimates, while Wells shares gained about 1.5% after the bank's profits beat the consensus forecast. Both noted, however, that their capital levels continued to strengthen during the quarter and both gave optimistic views on their ability to continue to reduce expenses. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was BofI Holding (BOFI), which rose 11% near midday after the company last night announced a deal to acquire H&R Block's (HRB) bank assets. H&R Block shares were down over 2% near noon. Also higher was mobile game maker Zynga (ZNGA), whose shares gained almost 3% after the company announced a new CFO and the stock was upgraded to Equal Weight by analysts at Morgan Stanley. Another gainer, Zygo (ZIGO), jumped 31% after the company agreed to be acquired by Ametek (AME) for $19.25 per share in cash in a deal that represents an aggregate enterprise value of $280M for Zygo. Shares of Ametek also rose 1.5% following the deal announcement. Among the noteworthy losers was 3D-printer maker Voxeljet (VJET), which fell 16% after its 3-million-share secondary offering of common stock priced at $15.00. Also lower was NQ Mobile (NQ), a recent target of noted short-seller Carson Block, which dropped over 13% after its profit missed expectations and the company disclosed that it found accounting errors in its recent reports. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 81.88, or 0.51%, to 16,088.34, the Nasdaq was down 15.30, or 0.38%, to 4,038.80, and the S&P 500 was down 6.89, or 0.38%, to 1,826.19.
12:42 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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10:56 EDTGRPNOptions with increasing implied volatility: CYTK VJET DATA GRPN CTRP
09:55 EDTFBFacebook bounces from early low, levels to watch
Shares began at depressed levels this morning, hitting a low of $57.31. That press down was quickly bought, with shares last at $59.62. At that price, next resistance is at $60.39. Support is at $58.51.
09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:13 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Fastenal (FAST), up 3%... Wells Fargo (WFC), up 0.2%. ALSO HIGHER: H&R Block (HRB), up 5% after announcing a deal for BofI (BOFI) to acquire H&R Block's bank assets. Bofi up 9.4% after the deal announcement... Zynga (ZNGA), up 1.7% after naming new CFO, shares upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... SINA (SINA), up 2% after announcing up to $500M share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 3.7%... NQ Mobile (NQ), down 14.6%. ALSO LOWER: Gap (GPS), down 4% after reporting March SSS fell 6%, shares downgraded at Janney Capital... Voxeljet (VJET), down 16% after 3M share secondary offering priced at $15.00... Datawatch (DWCH), down 29% after cutting its second quarter revenue outlook.
06:46 EDTFBFeds warn Facebook on WhatsApp privacy, The Hill reports
The Federal Trade Commission yesterday warned Facebook not to change WhatsApp's privacy policies, according to The Hill. WhatsApp, which agreed to sell itself to Facebook earlier this year, does not collect information about its users, The Hill stated. Reference Link
06:25 EDTZNGAZynga upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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06:15 EDTFBFacebook, WhatsApp deal cleared by FTC with caveat
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April 10, 2014
17:59 EDTFBFacebook cracks down on News Feed spam
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16:06 EDTZNGAZynga CFO Vranesh leaving company, Best Buy's Lee to succeed as CFO
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 10, 2014
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15:04 EDTFBFacebook slips below the $60 area, levels to watch
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12:11 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases on wide price movement
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10:59 EDTFBFacebook slips after Deutsche predicts smaller ad revenue beat
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10:42 EDTZUMZZumiez pops after same store sales, upgrade
The stock is up over 5% at time of writing to $26.29 following same store sales reported after the close yesterday and an upgrade to Buy at DA Davidson. The current price action, a gap up in price this morning and a "line" across the chart today in a narrow range suggests a short-squeeze may be in progress. Over 8.5% of the float was short as of the last available report. Resistance is at $27.29. Support is at $25.64.
10:00 EDTFB, ZUMZOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: SIRI RAD AAPL AMZN AA FB TSLA MRK CVX C
09:34 EDTGRPNGroupon adds in-store coupons to Freebies category
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08:18 EDTAVGOMicron licenses SerDes IP from Avago for Hybrid Memory Cube
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07:48 EDTFBFacebook strong Q1 mostly factored into consensus, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank thinks consensus estimates are catching up to the strong fundamentals at Facebook. The firm expects Facebook to report strong Q1 results, but it thinks the consensus is already factoring much of that into the numbers. As such, Deutsche said it is less optimistic going into Facebook's Q1 results than it was last quarter. The firm still considers Facebook a "must-own" and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $76 price target.
07:47 EDTZUMZZumiez upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson
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07:15 EDTFIVEFive Below management to meet with UBS
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07:02 EDTFBFacebook upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research
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06:33 EDTFBTwitter upgraded to Hold from Sell at Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald upgraded its rating on Twitter (TWTR) shares to Hold from Sell citing the recent pullback in the stock as well as the upcoming launch of new ad formats which it believes should drive monetization. Cantor maintains a $45 price target for the stock and says it continues to prefer Facebook (FB). Shares of Twitter closed yesterday up 71c to $42.49.
April 9, 2014
17:48 EDTFBFacebook removing messaging from main app, TechCrunch says
Facebook is notifying mobile users that it is removing messaging capability in its main Facebook app, instead requiring users to download Facebook Messenger to chat on mobile, reports TechCrunch. Reference Link
16:23 EDTFBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after the minutes of the latest FOMC meeting struck a particularly dovish note. The averages, which were higher for the second straight session ahead of the minutes release, climbed to their highs over the final two hours of trade. Each index posted gains of over 1%, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq again the biggest winner. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The minutes for the March 18-19 FOMC showed that some committee members were concerned that its future interest rate projections could be misconstrued by the market as advocating tighter monetary policies. The minutes also showed that committee members expect to continue tapering the Fed's asset purchases if the economy performs as expected going forward. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in February, matching economists' forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Several auto majors were in the news, notably General Motors (GM), which fell 91c, or 2.64%, to $33.62 as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration yesterday announced that it fined the automaker for failing to respond to the administration's inquiry into its recall related to faulty ignition switches in a timely manner. Analysts at Morgan Stanley also downgraded the stock to Underweight from Equal Weight. U.S.-listed shares of Toyota Motor (TM) fell $1.37, or 1.26%, to $107.73 after the company announced the recall of over 6M vehicles worldwide. A report from Automotive News said that Volkswagen (VLKAY) issued a stop-sale order on some of it newer-model cars, but U.S.-listed shares of the German automaker, which were upgraded earlier in the session by Bernstein to Outperform, were unfazed and gained $2.91, or 5.72%, to $53.78... Two notable initial public offerings took place today, with hotel chain operator La Quinta (LQ) gaining 12c, or 0.71%, to $17.12 and Chinese medical exam and screening center operator iKang Healthcare (KANG) gaining $1.20, or 8.57%, to $15.20, in their first day of trade. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was marketing software and solutions provider Constant Contact (CTCT), up $6.30, or 28.74%, to $28.22 after the company's preliminary first quarter revenue exceeded analysts' projection. Also higher was social media giant Facebook (FB), up $4.22, or 7.25%, to $62.41 after analysts at Susquehanna and SunTrust published positive commentary on the company. Among the noteworthy losers was Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), down $33.20, or 6.78%, to $456.64 after last night saying it expects first quarter revenue to come in well below expectations, though the stock was defended by no fewer than three analyst firms following the announcement. Also lower were a number of coal producers, including Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) and Walter Energy (WLT), which each lost more than 6%, and Arch Coal (ACI), which fell over 3%, after all three stocks were downgraded to Sell at UBS. INDEXES: The Dow was up 181.04, or 1.11%, to 16,437.18, the Nasdaq was up 70.91, or 1.72%, to 4,183.90, and the S&P 500 was up 20.22, or 1.09%, to 1,872.18.
16:03 EDTAVGOLSI Corp. stockholders approve acquisition by Avago
LSI Corporation (LSI) announced that its stockholders approved the previously announced merger agreement with Avago Technologies (AVGO) at a special meeting of stockholders. Upon the closing of the merger, stockholders of LSI will be entitled to receive $11.15 per share in cash, without interest, less any required tax withholding. Completion of the merger is subject to remaining regulatory approvals in various jurisdictions and LSI expects the merger to close in the first half of 2014.
16:02 EDTZUMZZumiez reports March SSS down 2.9%
Zumiez announced that total net sales for the five-week period ended April 5 increased 4.3% to $63.6M. The company's comparable store sales decreased 2.9% for the five-week period.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 9, 2014
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14:42 EDTFBFacebook breaks out above resistance, levels to watch
The shares are taking another leg higher in late afternoon trading, last at $61.66. At that price next resistance is at $62.72. Support is at prior resistance from earlier today at $60.78.
13:02 EDTFBFacebook COO Sandberg says not running for office, Business Insider reports
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10:48 EDTFBFacebook climbs after upbeat notes from two analysts
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10:39 EDTFBFacebook breaks out above recent downtrend, levels to watch
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:59 EDTFBFacebook shares should be bought into Q1 results, says SunTrust
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08:58 EDTFBFacebook ad-driven beat story should continue, says Susquehanna
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07:37 EDTFBFacebook partner says ad prices up 10% in Q1, Adweek says
Despite the recent outcry over diminished “organic reach,” Facebook ad prices have increased from Q4 to Q1, with the SVP of marketing at Facebook partner Nanigans saying pricing was "up 10% across the board” from quarter to quarter, reported Adweek. Reference Link
07:28 EDTAVGOAvago price target raised to $76 from $65 at Canaccord
Canaccord raised its price target on Avago (AVGO) citing its growth potential in the China TD-LTE market, strong RF participation in the smartphones market, and improved margins following the close of its acquisition of LSI Corp (LSI). Shares are Buy rated.
07:15 EDTFBJPMorgan sees opportunities in Internet stocks after pullback
JPMorgan believes the recent sell-off in Internet stocks has created opportunities in companies it feels has strong fundamentals, namely Facebook (FB), Priceline (PCLN), Netflix (NFLX) and Pandora (P).
06:54 EDTFBIndia Facebook's second top market with over 100M users, FT says
Facebook confirmed that more than 100M people in India now access its services each month, which is up from just 8M in the middle of 2010 and makes the nation the second top market for the social network, trailing only the U.S., reported Financial Times. Reference Link
06:03 EDTFBFacebook making slight changes to privacy settings, Re/code reports
Re/code reports that Facebook is slightly tweaking its privacy settings in a move to minimize "accidental sharing incidents." The company is also testing privacy surveys to see which features users are not comfortable with. Reference Link
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